WEST CHESTER (August 18) – State Senator Andy Dinniman cautioned Chester County residents to be on the lookout for telephone scams disguised as formal notifications from government organizations like the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or public utility companies like PECO.

“Over the past week, constituents have alerted my office to an increase in suspicious and unsolicited calls targeting residents and especially senior citizens in the Chester County area,” Dinniman said. “I urge all Pennsylvanians to be wary of any unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information over the telephone or Internet.”

Callers may identify themselves as the IRS, claiming to have a pending lawsuit against you or demand payment or your personal information over the phone. Dinniman warned residents to never give out any kind of personal or banking information in an unsolicited call.

telephone-164250_1280“The IRS will never initiate contact by phone, e-mail or social media to ask for personal information or demand immediate payment. Nor will the IRS call you out of the blue about taxes without mailing a bill first,” Dinniman said. “If you have any doubts or suspicions about such a call, just hang up and call the party directly to verify.

“Your personal and financial information are all a criminal needs to steal your identity. Unfortunately, those who take the bait may find themselves spending months or years – and their hard-earned money – reestablishing their reputations and credit records,” he added.

Dinniman encouraged anyone who had received such suspicious calls to report to them local law enforcement or directly to the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office Department of Consumer Protection at 1-800-441-2555. Those who have received suspicious phone calls from callers identifying themselves as IRS representatives should report the calls to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 1-800-366-4484 or at www.tigta.gov.

In addition, Dinniman advised residents who may be receiving any other unwanted telemarketing calls to register for the Pennsylvania Do Not Call List through the Attorney General’s Office online or by calling 1-888-777-3406.

Residents who want additional protection can also add their numbers to the National Do Not Call List, enforced by the Federal Trade Commission, at www.donotcall.gov.

Once on the list, residents should also periodically check to make sure their enrollment is valid and up to date.

Residents who have enrolled on the Do Not Call List but continue to receive unwanted calls can also file a complaint with the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office Department of Consumer Protection at 1-800-441-2555.


Tagged with:

Upcoming Events

July 2019
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
June 30, 2019 July 1, 2019 July 2, 2019 July 3, 2019 July 4, 2019 July 5, 2019 July 6, 2019
July 7, 2019 July 8, 2019 July 9, 2019 July 10, 2019 July 11, 2019 July 12, 2019 July 13, 2019
July 14, 2019 July 15, 2019 July 16, 2019 July 17, 2019 July 18, 2019 July 19, 2019 July 20, 2019
July 21, 2019 July 22, 2019 July 23, 2019 July 24, 2019 July 25, 2019 July 26, 2019 July 27, 2019
July 28, 2019 July 29, 2019 July 30, 2019 July 31, 2019 August 1, 2019 August 2, 2019 August 3, 2019

Looking For Something

Still not finding what you're looking for? Please contact me or my staff so we can help you!